Saturday, December 24, 2011
An opportunity for me to preach:
Are you the family photographer, more than happy to take the photo so you don't have to BE in the photo? Do a favor for the people who love you, get in the photo once in a while. My mom never wanted her picture taken and now we have very few photos of her. She's been gone almost 18 years now and there are a lot of people in my life who never knew her; I am always sorry that I have no photos of her to share. Don't worry about how you look; the people who love you the most love you for who you are and not for how you look.
Celebrate your World!
Wednesday, December 21, 2011
Yippee, it's the first day of Winter!
What a different December we're having here! By this time last year (and the year before that) we had already endured blizzards; this year we have no snow (we had about 3" in mid-November) and the temperatures are mild for December. I'm sure there's there will be surprises down the road but so far, so good!
Here's a blog I wrote a couple of years ago about the first day of winter. The older I get, the more I look forward to the first day of winter as a beginning of better things.
Warmer days are just around the corner!!
Sunday, November 27, 2011
THE GUEST HOUSE
This being human is a guest house.
Every morning a new arrival.
A joy, a depression, a meanness,
some momentary awareness comes
as an unexpected visitor.
Welcome and entertain them all!
Even if they are a crowd of sorrows,
who violently sweep your house
empty of its furniture,
still, treat each guest honorably.
He may be clearing you out
for some new delight.
The dark thought, the shame, the malice.
meet them at the door laughing and invite them in.
Be grateful for whatever comes.
because each has been sent
as a guide from beyond.
-- Jelaluddin Rumi,
translation by Coleman Barks
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